Cicada Killer Wasps Emerge To Feast
These Wasps Paralyze Cicadas So What Can They Do To You?
First off, a male Cicada Killer does not have a functioning stinger. They are solitary insects and also very territorial so if you approach their nest they may hover and intimidate but they will not sting you, basically because they can't. Although these wasps have a nasty look to them and make you want to run, it's really not necessary. Even though female Killer Wasps do have a stinger, they are more interesting in finding food and they do no have the nest-protecting instinct like most wasps so they will not sting you unless you step on them. Cicada killers are even known to fly away when swatter at; it is very rare for them to attack.
Female Cicada Killers are pretty much the workhorse of the bunch. Using their massive jaw and strong legs, they dig tunnels 6-10 inches deep into the ground for their burrow. Once this is complete they are off on their hunt. Pretty much a dead giveaway from their name, a Cicada Killer hunts Cicadas. Females will find a Cicada and stab it with its stinger, paralyzing it. Now that the easy part is done, the challenge begins. They must figure out how to get this massive insect, weighing at least twice their weight, back to their burrow. The best way they have figured out is to drag the Cicada up a tree and jump on its back and float down to their burrow as far as possible. Since of course this is not that effective, it must be done up to 6 times to reach home.
Once the Killer Wasp is back to her burrow, she lays an egg near the puncture wound on the cicada, creating a home for her larva. After the larva hatches, they devour the cicada starting from the puncture wound. This larva lives in the burrow for about 10 days until it spins itself a silk cocoon and stays there until next spring to start the cycle all over again.
Having one Cicada Killer Wasp buzzing around your house isn't too bad of an issure, but next spring when all the larva hatch and there are 20 or 30 or possibly a substantially larger amount, you may want to take action, even if they do not hurt you. They will dig up your dirt and cause a mess. Rebecca Camp, from Livonia, Michigan, has personally experienced this problem herself, "I saw these huge piles of dirt all over my driveway and my yard and I had no idea what was digging these holes. One day I finally saw a giant wasp carrying a cicada fly near the hole and that's when I realized what was going on." Rebecca has been experiencing this problem all summer and she is ready to get rid of these bothersome pests.
This was looked into and we interviewed Todd Snively from Novi, Michigan and President of Optimal Pest Control, where he stated, "These wasps may not be considered a standard pest but they are incredibly intimidating and a pain to have around. Any insecticide dusts will work but also as an extra precaution Talstar Professional is a great tool to use around your yard." When Talstar is sprayed along the perimeter of your yard it creates a sort of barrier to keep out new unwanted pests and also kills most existing pests and insects, including the Cicada Killer Wasp .
These killer wasps were an unexpected surprise for some this summer and unfortunately for most, they will keep returning year after year until something is done to keep them at bay. The positive though is that they keep our Cicada population under control and good thing for us, they rarely sting.
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